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Maggots in resident's ear at nursing home lead to lawsuit

When you have an elderly parent or relative that requires more care than you can provide, the choice is often made to place them in a nursing home. While many nursing homes in New York work hard to provide exceptional patient care, there are still some facilities where improper medications are administered, infections go untreated and bedsores are ignored. When these types of things occur due to nursing home neglect, there are legal avenues the family of the patient can follow to get help.

This type of problem was recently illustrated in the case of an Alzheimer's patient at a nursing home in Illinois who was found with 57 maggots in her ear. The 90-year-old woman had recently been prescribed eardrop medication and had received the last dose the evening before the maggots were discovered. The maggots were found to be three days old by a lab. In the lawsuit filed against the nursing home, the family of the woman claims that she suffered elder abuse, severe injuries and neglect due to substandard care. The woman is no longer being cared for at that facility.

No one should have to see their aging parents suffer from neglect or abuse when they are in a nursing home. In this case, the question arises as to why the maggots were not seen earlier, especially since the woman was being treated for an ear problem. Also revealed was the fact that the family filed an earlier complaint against the nursing home. When problems such as malnutrition, falls, dehydration, or overmedication occur, it is important to acquire legal representation to ensure that a patient's rights are protected.

Source: Chicago Tribune, "Nursing home sued after maggots found in patient's ear," Sally Ho, December 6, 2012

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